Perseverance: The Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ+ Housing

We created a series of three latch hook rugs, roughly the size of large outdoor doormats, addressing the topic of housing in relation to being LGBTQ+.

The first rug uses a black and white color scheme to denote it as a scene from the past and represents the LGBTQ+ community’s historic inability to be openly LGBTQ+ and have access to housing.

The second one uses browns and more muted colors to denote it as a scene from the present and shows two neighboring doors in an apartment building with their monthly rents written above the door to represent the ongoing obstacle of LGBTQ+ housing discrimination.

The third one is vibrantly colorful to represent a future where everyone has a place to call home. We visualized this by showing a table of diverse people to highlight the intersectionality of identities within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as acknowledge the intersectional effects of housing discrimination.

Artists: Rick Velon and Fox Graham

Materials: Latch hook canvases, yarn

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